Kier Highways has been awarded a six-month extension from Birmingham Highways Ltd (BHL) on its Birmingham Interim Services Contract (ISC). This extension is set to run until 30 December 2021.
Kier was appointed to the contract in April 2020; it was originally due to run for 15 months with an option to extend, and includes the city’s traffic operations, planned and reactive maintenance, inspections and winter servicing. BHL has exercised its right to trigger the first extension option available under the contract and will consider further extension in the future.
Work has begun to procure surveys, extend sub-contracts, identify programmes of work and develop a plan for the delivery of services during the extension period. The plan will include aspects of programmed maintenance, including the continuation of street lighting replacement, surfacing works and capital investment.
Joe Incutti, Group Managing Director for Highways, said: “We are thrilled that we have been awarded this extension, and it is testament to the contract team’s hard work and expertise in delivering highways services for local authority roads. We look forward to continuing to provide safe and reliable highway services to communities across Birmingham.”
Kevin Hicks, Birmingham City Council’s Assistant Director for Highways and Infrastructure, also welcomed the decision: “We have been pleased with Kier’s role in taking over for BHL since April last year, in difficult circumstances with COVID-19 and with a short mobilisation. They have been and continue to be an important part of improving Birmingham’s highway services for the future.”
Natasha Rouse, Chief Executive Officer at BHL, commented: “BHL is very pleased to be able to extend the Interim Services Contract with Kier. Our teams have built a truly constructive relationship, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with Kier in improving Birmingham’s transport network.”
Since the contract began, 288,533m2 of carriageway and 82,476m2 of footways have been repaired. This is in addition to ongoing management activities which saw the team inspect 70,792km of roads along with installing 1387 new LED lights.
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